Cover book Playing with Fire

Title: Playing with Fire

Author:  L. J. Shen

Release date: September 15, 2020

Series: Standalone

Pages: 367



Playing With Fire, an all-new heartbreaking and intensely beautiful small town standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!

A broken boy on the path to destruction.

A scarred girl without direction.

A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie.

Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites.

She is the strange girl from the food truck.

He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day, and has been wreaking havoc since.

She is invisible to the world.

He is the town’s beloved bad boy.

She is a reject.

He is trouble.

When West thrusts himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending.

But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell.

Grace doesn’t know much about anything beyond her town’s limits, but she does know this:

She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U.

And when you play with fire—you ought to get burned.


L. J. Shen is a hit or a miss for me and I’m so glad that I decided to read this book because I loved this book. Playing with Fire is the story of Grace and West two broken people who find in each other friendship and understanding and healing.

“Because the worst day of your life gave me the best version of you.

Grace was burned in a fire and she had scars on her face and her body and because of that, she prefers to be invisible on the campus of the University Sheridan and in her town. She works in a food truck with her best friend and in her free time she taker care of her grandmother.

He was the most complex man I’d ever met—sweet, caring, kind, responsible. But also violent, aggressive, offhanded, and cruel.

West St. Clair is the playboy of the university and he fights every Friday for money to help his family financially. He needs a second job so he applies for a job at The Taco Truck, the same place where Grace works. West is a complex character but he isn’t an asshole and I wanted to hug him when I read about his past. He really is a sweetheart.

West and Grace began to work together and they both realize that they are more than their stereotype. Wes realized that Grace is a strong girl sassy and fierce and Grace realized that Wes is broken like her and he is a great man. They become friends who help each other and spend time together and share secrets.

You were my everything. Still are, baby. You wanted me to make you feel beautiful, but there’s no one half as pretty as you are in this whole goddamn world. 

I loved that Wes didn’t care about Grace’s scars and he fell in love with her and her soul and he sees her who she is, a fighter and a strong girl who raised from her own ashes. Grace loved Wes and helped him to heal and to want to live and love again. Wes and Grace were strong enough to let go of the past and look forward to the future together.

Because at the end of the day, we are all just phoenixes, rising from our own ashes, taking flight to an unknown destination, our wingtips forged by flames.

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About LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA TodayWashington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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